The Pirrong Principle: in a government bureaucracy, people are promoted to the level of their iniquity.
Of course the BBC Licence fee is a tax:
The BBC licence fee could be scrapped under a Conservative Government, as Boris Johnson branded it a “tax” and questioned how long such a funding system could be justified.
Gordon Brown defined it as a tax.
Why won’t UCL treat us cleaners like its other staff?
Leia Maia Donda
We are on strike today because the university refuses to give outsourced workers the same rights as direct employees
The reason for having outsourced workers is so that the university doesn’t have to pay for the same rights it offers its direct employees.
This is the entire point.
And, you know, think about it. Why would we expect cleaners to gain the same pension rights as professors?
What, actually, is the screw up here?
SNP ministers have been accused of presiding over a “ferry fiasco” after it emerged that the Scottish Government is being sued by its own quango.
The state-owned operator CalMac has raised legal proceedings after it missed out on a £450 million contract to run services to the Northern Isles.
Opposition parties accused the Government of incompetence and said the action “tells you everything you need to know” about the “mess” it had made of ferry services.
The contract was awarded in September to the private sector operator Serco, which has been running sailings to Orkney and Shetland since 2012.
Unnecessary appendix surgery ‘performed on thousands in UK’
Third of women who enter theatre end up having normal appendix removed, study finds
In today’s troubled Britain, it is commonplace to say that the political parties need to come up with some fresh ideas to transform the country. But what happens if one of the big parties starts announcing radical new policies and yet most people don’t seem to be listening?
That sobering question hangs over Labour’s hugely ambitious but so far only moderately successful election campaign, judging by the slow improvement in its poll ratings.
Yet the answer could be less bleak for the party, and for the country, than you think. Whether Labour loses or wins, in this campaign it has begun to set out a new, potent notion about how politics should be done and what elected politicians can achieve.
It’s not changed what politicians can achieve in the slightest. They’ve not achieved anything yet, have they?
It’s changed what politicians are willing to promise but that’s something rather different.
But then that’s rather one of the problems with politics as a societal management system, isn’t it? People do so confuse promises with outcomes.
Jeremy Corbyn has said the government’s spending on flood defences until 2021 “heavily favours London and the south-east of England”.
The land in the SE is more valuable. Therefore we should spend more to protect it.
It was always obvious that the fix was in:
The High-Speed 2 rail link has descended into chaos after the deputy chairman of a Government-commissioned review issued a withering attack on its own draft findings.
Lord Berkeley demanded his name is removed from the report after it endorsed the project, despite saying costs may spiral out of control and breach the current estimate of £88bn.
Review chairman Doug Oakervee has given the scheme his backing according to a leaked version of the study, despite warning the economic benefits of the rail network will be less than hoped.
Lord Berkeley, deputy chairman of the review, refused to support Mr Oakervee’s findings or recommendations and threatened to publish an alternative report of his own.
In a letter to Mr Oakervee, who was previously chairman of HS2 itself,
But perhaps the fix wasn’t enough? We can hope of course…..fun to see the argument at least, even if it doesn’t cause the righteous cancellation of the whole thing.
Opponents to HS2 have called the report a “whitewash” and Lord Berkeley, a Labour peer who was deputy chairman of the review panel, is preparing a dissenting report to civil servants for the attention of the prime minister, The Times has learnt. The Department for Transport refused to comment.
The report, written by Douglas Oakervee, the former HS2 chairman,
Well, yes, it is, isn’t it?
Part of an 11th-century castle wall has collapsed into a house in Sussex. It was reported that a 10m by 10m section of the wall, weighing roughly 600 tonnes, came crashing down onto a house near Lewes Castle.
Incident commander Matt Lloyd
Incident commander? Well, sure, there’s going to be someone in charge. “Corporal” maybe?
“I would say this is a protracted incident,” he added.
Might take some time to sort out.
Firefighters and a hazardous area response team
Well, we’ve got to call the blokes with shovels something.
A spokesman said: “Residents are being asked to avoid the area, as there are expected to be a high number of emergency appliances involved in this multi-agency search and rescue operation.
A lorra lorries.
This is expected to be a protracted incident, involving a multi-agency search and rescue operation.”
How much of this is just renaming what has always happened and how much is involving graduates of shovel study, protracted incident and multi-agency studies?
What worries is that there’s a lot more of the latter in this.
In addition, pigs require a licence if being moved from the home to the vet, for example, and are illegal to transport in cars.”
A pet pig can’t be put in a car?
The longest railway strike in British history was announced on Tuesday as union leaders plan a month of chaos during the election campaign.
Millions of passengers face travel misery in the run-up to Christmas after railway workers said they would refuse to work for nearly a month.
The Rail Maritime and Transport Union announced the unprecedented 27 day walkout as part of a long-running dispute over guards on trains. A Downing Street spokesman condemned the action as “deeply damaging”.
This is the working man righteously protesting his rights?
This is the 70s back, the bastards are squeezing us?
And will people vote labour on 1) or against on 2)?
What’s a quango for, after all?
A quango has awarded millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to companies with directors and owners who are closely linked to it, an investigation by The Times has found.
The purpose of a quango is to slice a bit off the body politic for the members of the quango. What else does anyone think they’re for?
The answer to which is, of course, to abolish quangos.
Central European governments have been systematically abusing the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy to enrich family members and political allies, an investigation claims.
Why wouldn’t the political class dive into a pot of free money?
Prominent beneficiaries reportedly include Andrej Babis, the billionaire prime minister of the Czech republic, who the paper says is linked to a company that received at least $42 million (£32 million) in subsidies last year.
Lukáš Wagenknecht, a senator from the opposition Pirate Party, last week filed a complaint against the European Council saying it should not allow Mr Babis to take part in the bloc’s budget discussions because his Agrofert conglomerate receives tens of millions of Euros in subsidies annually.
It owns a lot of land. Subsidies are paid to those who own land. And?
I thought GPs were independent businesses who contracted to the NHS?
NHS technology is so out-of-date it takes 17 minutes to log into PCs in the morning, the UK’s top family doctor has said.
Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners revealed she could almost complete two appointments in the time it takes to start up her 10-year-old IT system.
The Midlands GP said her practice is still forced to rely on Windows 7.
Independent businesses run their own IT, no?
Or is that being hopelessly naive about how the NHS actually operates?
This post brought to you by Windows 7. Probably.
Walsh’s report strongly suggested a theory: that radical urban planning decisions from the 1950s onwards had made not just the physical but the mental health of Glasgow’s population more vulnerable to the consequences of deindustrialisation and poverty.
After you account for the poverty, deep fried mars bars and the rest it’s the socialist planners that are killing the people. They built machines for dying in.
More than twice as many children are waiting to be adopted as there are families willing to adopt, campaigners have warned.
Figures from the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB) show there are 4,140 youngsters across England where a decision has been made by authorities that they should be adopted.
In comparison, there are about 1,700 families who are approved to adopt and waiting to be matched with children.
There are 2,760 children where a placement order has been made for adoption but they have not yet been placed.
Relax the process by which potential parents are cleared for adoption.
Which is a comfort:
Half a million older people with dementia face losing free TV licences
Some Royal wealth is conspicuous. Take Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, for example: both were bought with public funds and qualify for taxpayer support when they are used for official business. They remain the Queen’s private property, all the same.
Balmoral was bought with Albert’s private funds, wasn’t it?
Anyone know more about this?
Mr Baker, an MP for 18 years,
Did Baker claim mileage when he used his own car on public business?
The grotesque underfunding of the NHS, underfunding that makes vulnerable people wait years for treatment if they live long enough to access it, is not accidental. It’s the result of many years of swingeing cuts, of ideologically driven changes to the way the NHS works, of a deliberate lack of funding for the training of health professionals, of a refusal to fairly tax corporations and the most affluent people in society to adequately fund health and social care.
It’s even worse if you’re trans: people who are trans have to wait even longer for help, which is why the suicide, self-harm and substance abuse rates in our community are so frightening.
It is possible for there to be another reason for that…..
There’s a reason people in Glasgow’s affluent West End live longer than those in the deprived East, and that reason has existed since the West End came into being: it isn’t race, it isn’t religion and it isn’t sexual orientation or gender identity.
Yep. People born in the East end who make money move west. Those in the west who lose it move east. Don’t forget, no one at all measures lifespan by place of birth – it’s always measured by place of death. And guess what? One reason to lose your money is bad health. This will be true whatever the health care system because some diseases, complaints, simply stop you working. Michael Marmot’s work is simply wrong to ascribe all of the health inequality to economic such. At least some economic inequality stems from that unfortunate fact of health inequality.